I remember how I first started coding.
In Form Five, I built an Angelfire page that consisted only of Johnny Depp pictures that I found around the Internet. This was before the word “google” became a verb and I still used a search engine called Searchalot. (I googled and it still exists!)
I didn’t know any frameworks, and my HTML-only site was ugly af by today’s standards but the feeling of creating something of my own, just the way I wanted it, was magnificent.
When I discovered blogging, my fascination with the Internet grew. It didn’t matter that barely anyone read my writing. It was enough that the people who did, were engaged. We had conversations.
In his article on the value of personal websites, Matthias Ott writes that “the primary objective still is to have a place to express ourselves, to explore ourselves, a place that lasts while the daily storms pass by”.
He calls a personal website a “place to tell your story” and suggests that we find ways to create connections between a large range of personal sites so that we still have our personal spaces, while being a part of wider conversations.
For the last month or so, I’ve been weaning myself off social media. Writing here and having longer conversations via email / chat with readers has been far more edifying than the likes or comments on social.
I’m using WordPress.com now, which I chose because I wanted to just focus on the words. But as a coder, I’m starting to feel its limits.
Let’s see how far I take this feeling.